How to Set Your iPhone Apps to Update Automatically

Apps on your iPhone need to be updated from time to time, whether the developes are releasing bug fixes or adding new features. Since it's easy to accumulate dozens or even hundreds of apps on your device, it would be best not to have to individually update each one. Fortunately, there is a quick method for automatically updating the apps on your iPhone whenever the developers release a new version by changing one easy setting. Let's learn how to save time by setting all your iPhone apps to update automatically. 

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How to Turn On Automatic App Updates on Your iPhone

  • Open Settings
  • Now tap on your name at the top of the Settings menu.

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  • Scroll down and choose iTunes & App Store.
  • Toggle on Updates under the Automatic Downloads section. 

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Once you've turned on automatic downloads, all your iPhone apps will automatically update whenever an update is released. 

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.